Community Planning & Economic Development

Public Arts Administration
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26th Avenue North Public Art

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Project description

Zaníyaŋ Yutȟókča: Brave Change

This public art initiative is part of the recently constructed 26th Avenue Bikeway connecting Theodore Wirth Park and the Mississippi River. The project’s theme, Assemble, intends to encourage community connections and gathering places and further Northside Community identity and voice.

Artists and their artworks

Aqurbane by Christopher Harrison – This gateway located at 26th Avenue North and Theodore Wirth Parkway was modelled after the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and serves as a portal at the western edge of the new bike trail. Aqurbane a combination of the words aqua (water) and urbane (city), reflects Harrison’s wish to celebrate how Minneapolitans live in harmony with their environment. The 18’ high Corten steel archway is layered with over 65 decorative organic shapes that were sketched by the artist during his walks from the Mississippi River down 26th Avenue North.

Big Book by Christopheraaron Deanes-This colorful large-scale metal sculpture portrays a child’s book and is located on the grounds of Nellie Stone Johnson Community School along the 26th Avenue North Bikeway. Deanes worked with a fifth-grade classroom at the school to develop a story informed by their personal stories about bullying. The artist then brought the students’ story to life on two large-scale steel enameled pages supported by Corten steel hands.

Purple Raindrop by Esther Osayande – A 15’ high, steel painted sculpture and bench honors Prince Rogers Nelson, his career and contributions to the music industry. Viewers familiar with Prince’s music will see upon viewing the artwork that Purple Raindrop was inspired by his iconic song “Purple Rain” and signature color, purple. Located in Fairview Park along the 26th Avenue North Bikeway, the North Minneapolis location is fitting as Prince spent part of his childhood and teenage years in the area and performed his first solo show less than two miles away.


For more information contact Ann Godfrey



Last updated Feb 9, 2020



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